Production of gaseous fuel from refuse plastic fuel via co-pyrolysis using low-quality coal and catalytic steam gasification

Ho Jun Song, Jaehoon Lee, Ankur Gaur, Jong Jin Park, Jin Won Park

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In this study, refuse plastic fuel (RPF) was copyrolyzed with low-quality coal and was gasified in the presence of a metal catalyst and steam. Some metal catalysts, such as Ni, NiO, and Mg, and mixtures of these with base promoters such as Al2O3 and Fe2O3 were employed in the pyrolysis and gasification processes to convert the synthesis gas into more valuable fuel gas. The operating temperatures for the pyrolysis and gasification were between 700° and 1000°C. The experimental parameters were the operating temperature, catalyst type, basic promoter type, and steam injection amount. Solid fuel samples (5 g) were fed into a semibatch-type quartz tube reactor when the reactor reached the designated temperature. The synthesis gas was analyzed by gas chromatography. The use of low-quality coal as fuel in co-pyrolysis with RPF was explored. For the co-pyrolysis of RPF and low-quality coal, the effectiveness of the catalysts for fuel gas production followed the order Mg > NiO > Ni. In catalytic gasification of RPF, the addition of Al2O3 seemed to reduce the activity of the corresponding catalysts Ni and Mg. The maximum fuel gas yield (92.6%) was attained when Mg/Fe2O3 was used in steam gasification at 1000°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Mechanics of Materials

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